#FearlesslyFemFriday-St Louis Boudoir-Behind the scenes of a boudoir shoot

 

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Mariah (hair & makeup stylist) and Lashonda cheesing it up for the camera right before the shoot.

I wanted to talk about two things this #FearlesslyFemFriday: Body image & What goes on behind the scenes during a shoot at GlamMarr Studios.

This week we are looking at one of our Glambassadors, Lashonda. Being a Glambassador is an exciting position but it also can be hard to really put yourself out there and show all! One of the reasons I picked Lashonda to represent our brand was because of her healthy attitude toward her body. Don’t get me wrong, we talked about her struggles with body image during her first shoot as a client. She was nervous as fuck! (everyone is!) and we bonded, talked about life and how our bodies have changed over the years. After her shoot, at her reveal, I was so excited with how much she LOVED herself and her images. Lets face it, none of us are “perfect”… whatever the hell that is anyways. I tell my clients so often that I do not like to retouch images. Stretch marks are beautiful, some women only get them after carrying another life, some women get them because our bodies change, however you’ve gotten yours, they’re normal. Cellulite is normal. Scars are testaments to how much our body can take and still carry us through life.

There is a story to be told by your bodies lines and creases!

There are so many women that cannot see past these things themselves but when they see other women celebrating their bodies, they cheer them on, tell them they are beautiful…and they mean it.

Why are we not our own personal cheerleaders? Why do we judge ourselves so much more harshly than we judge others?

Quit that shit. Quit that shit NOW. Start thinking about all the amazing things that your body is doing for you all the time, without you even thinking about it. Be grateful, be present, be YOU.

So for this session I wanted to showcase these areas!

Lighting can do a lot to hide and smooth the skin and angles and posing can make you look amazing too. I wasn’t trying to do any of those things. I was lighting to bring out the textures, showcasing the curves and capturing the true beauty of the female form.

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I’ll tell you a secret. I actually do this every session. Sure, I walk through and demonstrate posing and expressions but what I’m really doing is waiting to capture those in-between moments where I can REALLY see you.

We did a live behind the scenes video during this shoot which you can watch Here.

You must be a member of our FB group which you can join here Glammarr FB group

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A screen shot from our FB live video.

Our first series of images were a mix of boho and vintage inspired. My images always have a hint of vintage style.

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I also wanted to showcase Lashondas beautiful skin with the jewel toned piece that she brought in for the shoot. We added a little dry oil to really bring out those gorgeous highlights and lowlights.

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From there we moved on to our final look, a total surprise for Lashonda. I snapped a few photos of her as she was looking in the mirror admiring her body, giving herself positive affirmations about her own sexiness.

What I had waiting for Lashonda was what I was REALLY excited for! I created a shallow water pool in our studios garage using a tarp and some other things laying around. It was far from looking like a gorgeous location…

You have to understand that with photography, what you see isn’t always what you get. You probably remember the #MichaelsChallange, and if you don’t, it was basically photographers shooting photos in the poorly lit aisles of their local craft store with amazing results.

This was my version!  I had a vision and I was ready to roll with it…and wow am I glad I did!

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You see. Its not the location. Its not the camera.

The devil is in the details. 

I used a mixture of lighting and angles to capture every beautiful highlight, curve, texture and sparkle.

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What you see VS what I see

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And that’s what I bring to you as your photographer. A new perspective of yourself exactly the way you are. I want to bring OUT the things that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing photoshopped, smoothed or gotten rid of all together. I’m not here to change anything about you, that’s just not my jam.

I want you to see how beautiful all of those things that you call flaws really are.

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We finished up with a little oil and glitter. This portion of the shoot was also streamed live to our FB group

and with that we were finished! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process and how beautiful the female form can be. If you’d like to see more or chat about booking a shoot with GlamMarr Studios for yourself visit us at our website GlamMarr.com

 

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Special thanks to Lashonda for allowing us to share so much of her session! Check out another beautiful session at our other blogs

 

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